S&P 500 ekes out another small gain

NEW YORK (AP) — The Standard & Poor’s 500 index eked out its second small gain of the week Wednesday as investors pored over the latest earnings reports.

Norfolk Southern climbed after the railroad company said its fourth-quarter profit rose 24 percent, better than Wall Street analysts had forecast.

The S&P 500 index rose 1.06 point, or 0.1 percent, to 1,844.86. The index traded within a range of just six points on Wednesday. After a small gain on Tuesday, the index is six points, or 0.3 percent, higher for the week.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 41.10 points, or 0.3 percent, to 16,373.34. Most of the Dow’s losses came from IBM’s slump. The computer service company’s stock fell $6.18, or 3.3 percent, to $182.25.

In other trading, the Nasdaq composite climbed 17.24 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,243.

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